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Chardonnay,Unoaked

Chardonnay is most typically aged in oak barrels, but is sometimes aged in steel vats or barrels to eliminate the heavy oak notes found in most chardonnays. Chablis is one of many examples of an unoaked chardonnay. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the elegant, "flinty" wines of Chablis (unoaked Chardonnay) to rich, buttery Meursaults and New World wines with tropical fruit flavors. Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.